MAC reminds citizens of ban on working for Chinese government


TAIPEI–Taiwanese nationals are not allowed to work for the Chinese government, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Lai Shin-yuan said yesterday in a reminder to local citizens who have reportedly applied for jobs in a Chinese economic development zone. China has recruited Taiwanese managers for its Pingtan Experimental Development Zone in Fujian Province, but Lai said anyone who takes up the offer would violate Taiwanese laws. “Holding government positions for China is against our law,” Lai said, referring to the Act Governing Relations Between People of the Taiwan Area And the Mainland Area. According to the law, Taiwanese individuals “shall not hold any position or become any member of the agencies, institutions or organizations of the Mainland Area which are political parties, the military, the administration or of any political nature.” Violators can be fined between NT$100,000 (US$3,385) and NT$500,000. Experimenting with a new Taiwan-China cooperation model, the management committee of the Pingtan zone said it wanted to introduce 20 professionals from Taiwan to handle administrative, economic and logistics planning responsibilities. A total of 35 Taiwanese nationals have applied for the jobs, offering annual salaries ranging from200,000 yuan (US$31,770) to 600,000 yuan. Established as part of China’s 12th five-year plan, Pingtan is expected to receive 260 billion yuan in government subsidies for infrastructure development, said Fujian Governor Su Shulin at the National People’s Congress session currently being held.